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Business Casual :: Lace and Sequin

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DSC_2249Happy Wednesday everyone! Hope you’re having a terrific week so far.

DSC_2261In the early days,  dressing for work was easy enough when business suits were the norm and the only colours that seem to be appropriate were the neutrals such as black, grey, brown, navy blue, tan and white. These days, we definitely have more choices and flexibility when it comes to work clothes, especially if your work place allows business casual attire. Being a fashionista myself, I always try to be creative when dressing for work, but still projects traits almost all employees should such as hard-working, professional, neat, or some variation on those themes. My mantra – keep it covered, neutral and classic!

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DSC_2264Here’s an example of one of my favourite business casual outfit – combining neutral colours, classic clothing style such as pencil skirt and collard shirt and only showing appropriate amount of skin. The creative part that can be easily achieved is adding a pop of colour (try to use only one accent colour, and repeat it 2-3 times for a complete look) and/or choosing garments with different pattern or texture such as simple prints, lace or sequin. Be careful, don’t overdone it!!!

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Thank you so much for reading! Hopefully you find it helpful! Have fun dressing for work or for any occasions!

~ Outfit ~

Blouse: Nic and Zoe (now 50% off)

Skirt: Moon Apparel (similar or dress in this lace pattern)

Satchel: Michael Kors (seen here)

Pumps: Kenneth Cole (on SALE!)

Accessories: Joe Fresh belt, Guess watch, Forever 21 earrings (gift from Aurora)

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Summerlicious :: Custom Green Dress

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DSC_2302I consider myself a very lucky girl, because I have a bunch of friends who are food lovers. However, I don’t get to see them that often because we live in different cities. Somehow, we have our little tradition that we will meet at least twice a year, which is when Toronto Winterlicious or Summerlicious happens in town. We gather to taste and discover the finest dishes in the city and of course, to catch up and enjoy each other’s company. Well, the tradition continues with this year’s Summerlicious and that fun night took place at Bloke & 4th

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… and here’s us and all the delicious foods!!! Yum  yum yum!!!

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…and this is me! In my custom green dress from eShakti. When you order their products online, you get to customize the item according to your height, style and size. The fun part is that you can add pockets to your dress/skirts! Who doesn’t like this huh?! Well, I can’t quite remember exactly what I customized for this dress since I got it quite a while ago, but I’m pretty sure I added two pockets and also shortened the dress so that it’s just right above my knees. Most importantly, the quality of their items are amazing, especially the fabric. Ladies, I highly recommend this website, especially those of you who need special sizes like petite, tall, or plus size. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I’m not paid my eShakti to advertise their products, but I just love to share what’s good out there! So, do let me know if you ordered an item from their website after seeing this post, because I think that’s so cool!

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Thank you so much for reading! Have a wonderful week everyone! Cheers, Shin:)

~ Outfit ~

Dress: eShakti

Pumps: Steve Madden

Clutch: Femme de Carriere

Accessories: Folli Follie watch, vintage necklace (thrifted), Marc by Marc Jacobs sunglasses (bday gift from sister)

Belated Birthday Dinner :: La Cucina Restaurant

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Thank you everyone for the birthday wishes and lovely words, I’m feeling so much love here in this blogsphere!! Thank you!!! <3<3<3

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Alright, let me introduce the final venue of our dinner –  La Cucina, a little Italian restaurant located in the heart of downtown Guelph. Well, I said that it’s our final venue because Mr. Photographer’s initial plan was to take me to a restaurant in Kitchener. Unfortunately, there was a huge thunderstorm that evening just right before we left the house. The storm was so severe in Kitchener that as we drove closer to the restaurant, all we see was fallen tree branches and electric poles. When we got to that restaurant, it was closed, guess power was out too:( We’re quite disappointed and I was a little upset, so I told him to head back to Guelph and lets just dine at one of the restaurant there. So where do we go now?! Well, we have tried almost every restaurant in Guelph except for La Cucina. I have heard many good things about this place, but never have the chance to try it yet. So, we headed there right away!

DSC_2207We’re nicely greeted by our host/waiter as we arrived. I heard that they have a beautiful patio on the roof top and requested for a seat there. Unfortunately, we’re told that the storm that hit the town earlier destroyed all their table settings, chairs and tablecloths were all soaking wet. Aiks! 😦 Well, he was nice enough to let us have a peak of the roof top patio. Love love love the patio, especially the hanging light bulbs. So pretty and romantic!

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Look at the grape vine by the fence, too cute!!!

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See those hanging light bulbs?? They have it inside the restaurant as well! It’s quite a cozy little restaurant 🙂

Oh, by the way, that’s the hubby (a.k.a Mr. Photographer)! He’s usually behind the camera, but I was in charge that night. LOL!

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I don’t usually drink, but for such a special day, I treat myself to a Cosmopolitan, as recommended by our waiter! Not bad at all, but that’s all for the night. Yeah, that’s my max when it comes to alcohol. Boooo…

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Okay, I’m not gonna lie, this is the best bread I/we have ever had before at an Italian restaurant! It’s freshly baked in the oven, and it’s still warm when it reached our table. It’s crispy on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside. It was so good that we ordered a second basket! Look at my silly happy face! Hahhaha!

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As for their menu, we were told that they change their menu four times per year, once every season, using the freshest ingredients they can get. According to our waiter, they source out their fresh produce from the local farm as they try to promote eat locally or so called the “50 miles diet”. Also, the chefs focus on Slow Food. So don’t go to this restaurant if you’re super hungry, because it takes approximately 30 minutes for each course meal to be served. BUT it’s definitely worth the wait because the food is so delicious! Both Mr. Photographer and I agreed that it’s the best Italian restaurant we have had so far!

DSC_2239Soup of the day – Vegetable Soup with sweet peas, carrots, tomatoes, etc…

DSC_2245TAGLIATELLE ARAGOSTA E GAMBERI (ABRUZZO) – Classic Homemade fettuccine seafood pasta made with Caribbean lobster and tiger shrimp meat in a

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Our FAVOURITE!! Scrumptious homemade pasta with super flavourful sauce!

DSC_2246Special of the day – Caribbean Lobster Tail with Seasonal Roasted Vegetable

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Well, that’s all for the dinner. We would love to try their dessert, but we just couldn’t do it anymore. Blame it on the bread! Next time then, we’ll sure be back again and it’s going to be at the roof top patio next time! For you folks who live around here, you have to try out La Cucina if you haven’t so! Cheers!

Belated Birthday Dinner :: LBD + Statement Necklace

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Hello everyone, how y’all doing?!?! So sorry that I have been gone for so long. Seems like my one week vacation was extended to three weeks huh. After we got back from our trip to Montreal and Quebec, Mr. Photographer and I have been quite busy that we didn’t have time for photo shoot or blogging. We’re always on the go as we are prepping for the arrival of our new house (yes, we just bought a house and waiting for it to be built!).  And uh, I’ve to admit that I was slacking too, guess have to blame it on the “summer brain”, nothing much get done when the weather is so gorgeous out there…lol!!! I will definitely make up for the all the postings that I haven’t done in the last three weeks by the end of this month!

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I wanted to share with you guys a belated birthday celebration that Mr. Photographer had for me on Friday. Why so late?! Well, on my actual birthday (July 14th), we were invited to our friend’s newly bought cottage for my birthday celebration at the beach earlier that day, and Mr. Photographer had planned to take me our for dinner that night. However, after driving for 4 hours and spending the whole day at the beach, swimming and playing water sports, we’re too exhausted to go out for a dinner as planned. I remember we ended going to bed super early that day and I wasn’t upset at all because that was definitely a mutual agreement. After all, Mr. Photographer promised to take me out for belated birthday dinner on Friday. Yay!

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I was so looking forward to Friday the dinner and I wonder where he is going to take me this time. Honestly, it has been a long time since the two of us have been out for a dinner date night, so we took the chance to dress to the nines. I wanted a elegant and classy look, so I picked this little black dress that I got from H&M few months ago. I love the fabric, pattern and the fit of the dress, and with the price of $39 CAD, I couldn’t say no to this LBD. Mr. Photographer was shocked when I told him about the price of this dress, I couldn’t believe it either. I would say this is my favourite piece from H&M, and is among the higher quality items they have in store. I’m not sure if this dress is still available in store, but they do have this dress in light beige as shown on their website. Definitely check it out if you are looking for a dress in this style!

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If you know me well, I love statement necklace and when I have a simple dress like this, how can I resist this gorgeous statement necklace that arrived just right before my birthday. The gemstones pastel pink necklace definitely add colour and fun to the entire look. Surprisingly, this necklace is not that heavy for its size and I was able to wear to it comfortably all night. That’s always a bonus when you’ve a big statement necklace like this one. DSC_2160

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Thank you so much for stopping by! More details on our dinner date will be coming up…

Cheers, Shin:)

~ Outfit ~

Dress: H&M (similar in beige)

Heels: Calvin Klein (seen here)

Clutch: C0-lab

Accessories: The Accessory Report Athena necklace, Folli Follie watch